Angelo Acedera, News, Communication Management Office
Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) researchers have successfully developed two detection kits for mango’s anthracnose and stem-end rot diseases.
The researchers composed of Project Leader Dr. Lourdes Alvarez and Faculty partner Assistant Professor Chester Deocaris, with help from College of Science students Dexter Foronda, Monzour Dave Manrique, Ruth Royelle Izon, Clive Derenz Nadunza, Jennylyn Pan, and Irish Shane Santos, accomplished the research in March 2019 and further developed the mango kits under the project, “DOST-JSPS Joint Research Program: LAMP Detection Assays for Anthracnose, Stem-End Rot, and Scab Disease Pathogens in Philippine ‘Carabao’ Mango (Mangifera indica Linn).”
On January 5, 2022, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) announced the successful development of the kits.
When asked about the importance of kits in the Philippine Mango Industry, the researchers said that “the Carabao Mango being the most variety of Mango in the Philippines is vulnerable to many pathogenic diseases. Affected exports of Carabao Mango damages the integrity of the Philippines agricultural sector to produce world-class products that represent the hard work of the Filipino farmers.”
The project was funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and DOST-PCAARRD and in collaboration with Japan's Mie University under the DOST and the JSPS Joint Research Program.
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